and their parents on a variety of issues:

*Crisis intervention                                                 *Self-esteem issues 

*Suicidal ideation                                                     *Bullying

*Self-harm                                                                 *ADHD

*Severe depression                                                  *Trauma

*Anxiety                                                                     *Oppositional Defiance

Working with adolescents in the community has given me invaluable experience that I believe I carry with me in my private practice today. Providing children with a space where they feel validated and heard is crucial to their development and success in life.

Prior to working with children, I worked for The LGBTQ Center OC providing therapy for individual adults and couples. Much of the population I served at The Center identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning. We worked closely on issues such as:

*Identity and the coming out process 

*Relationship difficulties




*Surviving childhood sexual abuse.

In my collegiate studies I completed a course on Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Experiences and became passionate about advocating and working with the population in an affirming manner. 

​​Claire Kaniewski, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Masters of Science in Counseling: Marriage and Family Therapy

California State University, Fullerton

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Minor Human Services

California State University, Fullerton

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Trained

Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

Managing and Adapting Practice (MAP) Therapy

Child-Centered Play Therapy with Thuy Nguyen, Ph.D., CSUF

Systems of Family Counseling with Olga Mejia, Ph.D., CSUF
Group Process and Practice with Rebekah Smart, PhD., CSUF

      about ME



My name is Claire Kaniewski and I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. My private practice location is in Long Beach, California, with close freeway accessibility. 

As an intern I worked in a school setting as a school-based therapist for a non-profit agency in Long Beach, CA for two years.  There I worked with a diverse population for children and adolescents of all ethnicities. Much of my work included meeting the clients in their school setting, as well as providing family therapy for the client and their parents, either at the school or in their home. I worked extensively with the children/teens 

California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

Orange County California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

Psi Chi: The International Honors Society in Psychology 

Claire Kaniewski, LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist #90677